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Paper on NZ fire use published

In New Zealand, fire has long been used as a tool to reduce pests and disease, regenerate land and remove unwanted vegetation. However, its continued use could be under threat due to public perceptions around risks from burns getting out … Continue reading

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Fire research again in the media

The Scion fire programme was again in the media during April, with two articles featuring the team’s research. The first was part of a feature in the Otago Daily Times, on the likelihood of more frequent wildfires like that in … Continue reading

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More media coverage for fire research

The Scion fire team’s research has continued to feature in the media in recent weeks, particularly following the Nelson/Tasman wildfires and release of local and international reports on the role of greenhouse gas emissions in increasing climate change impacts, including … Continue reading

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Research team completes more stubble burns

Scion’s Fire team, together with the University of Canterbury, successfully conducted a number of experimental burns over the past two weeks in crop stubble vegetation. The burns build on the data collected in similar fuels back in March 2018. The … Continue reading

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Fire Research website updates

With all the media coverage lately around the Nelson/Tasman fires, and future fire risk with climate change, Scion’s rural fire research programme has received lots of attention. In an effort to capture this, the Rural Fire Research website has been … Continue reading

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March seasonal fire climate outlooks now available

The seasonal outlooks of fire danger conditions for March-May 2019 are now available. This includes reports for each of the North and South Islands, as well as graphs of trends in fire danger conditions for weather stations in each region. … Continue reading

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Latest Tasman fire – predictions of what might have happened

Predictions of potential fire growth made by Scion’s fire team have been used to illustrate what could have happened during the latest Tasman forest fire. Veronica Clifford modelled potential fire growth using the Prometheus fire simulation model. One of her … Continue reading

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Nelson forest fire puts Scion fire research in the spotlight

The major wildfire that has burned 2300 ha of forest and surrounding grassland at Pigeon Valley near Wakefield has resulted in much publicity for Scion’s rural fire research. Scion fire scientist Veronica Clifford worked as part of the Incident Management … Continue reading

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New Update on improving safety at controlled burns

Scion’s Fire team has produced a new Rural Fire Research Update (no. 15) highlighting farmer safety when undertaking controlled burns in NZ. The research, funded by Fire & Emergency New Zealand, followed the tragic deaths of three farmers in rural … Continue reading

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February seasonal fire climate outlooks available

Seasonal outlooks of fire danger conditions for Feb-Apr 2019 are now available. This includes reports for each of the North and South Islands, as well as graphs of trends in fire danger conditions for weather stations in each region. The … Continue reading

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